,AFL dream,still alive

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Draft hopeful Darcy Cameron sprints at the WA state draft combine in Perth on Sunday.
Camera IconDraft hopeful Darcy Cameron sprints at the WA state draft combine in Perth on Sunday. Credit: WAFC

North Albany product Darcy Cameron remains hopeful of living out his childhood dream of playing in the AFL after a solid performance at the WA State draft combine on Sunday.

Cameron was among 17 WA draft prospects who auditioned in front of AFL recruiters, completing a series of athletic tests before undergoing interviews at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre.

This was Cameron’s fourth consecutive combine, after being overlooked at each draft since playing for the WA State under-18s in 2013, and the goal-kicking ruckman set a personal best for his beep test result with a recording of 13.1.

“I’ve gotten 12.6 the last few years so it was good to improve on that this year,” Cameron said.

“I obviously don’t do overly well in the agility and sprint testing.

“But I felt like I improved on the last few years and I interviewed well so I’m happy with how it all went.”

After another stellar season playing for Claremont, Cameron was named at centre half-forward in the WAFL Team of the Year, kicking 36 goals in 19 games to go with nearly 13 hit-outs a game.

Cameron’s season was brutally interrupted in June when West Perth midfielder Trent Manzone made a clumsy spoil that left Cameron with a broken jaw and a missing tooth.

“I was really happy with my year, especially the first half of the year,” he said

“It was a bit disappointing to have the injury in the middle of the year but aside from that I was pleased with how it went.”

The West Coast Eagles will be without premier ruckman Nic Naitanui for the majority of next season after he suffered a torn anterior crucial ligament and trade talk suggests Cameron could end up in the Eagles nest.

“It would be awesome to stay in WA, but I wouldn’t mind going anywhere,” Cameron said.

“It’s been my dream since I was a kid to play in the AFL, so I’d be happy to go wherever I need to live out that dream.”

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